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Mack, Western Star team with camera, radar device providers Lytx, 3rdEye

Sources: Mack Trucks, Greensboro, N.C.; Western Star, Portland, Ore.; CP staff

Increasing emphasis on truck accident prevention, coupled with expedited, assembly stage installation of related equipment and devices, is driving safety device specialist and heavy-duty model manufacturer alliances.

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Ortiz Engineered Products arms Insteel for rebar substitution

Sources: CP staff; Insteel Industries Inc., Mount Airy, N.C.

Insteel Wire Products Co. has acquired certain assets of Hazelton, Pa.-based Ortiz Engineered Products, Inc. (OEP), whose value engineering methods validate bar mats or welded wire as alternatives to conventional rebar. Such substitution can significantly reduce project cost and timeline in many concrete conditions, contends Insteel, which fabricates welded wire reinforcement at facilities in Arizona, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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LafargeHolcim spotlights power-generating, solar film-faced UHPC cladding

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

A two-year collaboration between LafargeHolcim and Germany’s Heliatek GmbH has netted a photovoltaic concrete façade product capable of generating double the amount of energy typical of roof-based solar panel arrays. Unveiled at Batimat 2017 in Paris, it combines LafargeHolcim’s Ductal ultra-high performance concrete, suited to architectural applications in ½-in. or greater thickness; and, Heliatek’s flexible, ultra-light HeliaFilm, weighing 1 kilogram/square meter (2.2 lbs./10.75 sq. ft.).

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New terminal positions Cemex for solid Denver market

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff

Cemex USA has extended distribution of Type II portland cement from its Lyons plant in northern Colorado with the opening of a rail-served, 5,000-ton capacity terminal in Commerce City.

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NPCA opens revised Quality Control Manual to review, comments

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

The NPCA Quality Assurance Committee invites association members to weigh in on recently ratified changes for the Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants, 13th Edition. Through year’s end, it is accepting input on changes to Concrete Testing, Pipe, Box Culvert and other sections of the manual, which serves as the basis for NPCA Plant Certification.

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